Twitter and Facebook are among the most popular online social networks on the internet today. Users of these sites form a social network, which provides a platform for people and businesses to share, organize, and find content, or just reconnect with old friends. Although these two sites dominate the web with colossal growth, is one better than the other, and what is their impact on society today.
Facebook enables users to create a profile within the website to represent themselves and allows users to interact with friends, co-workers, even businesses. Users build up their contact list which Facebook calls “friends” to have hundreds of people on them. You can share photos of your family, download videos of your child’s birthday, or connect with friends about an upcoming wedding, but is this safe. With the rapid expansion and availability of internet technology and the increase in personal data found on social networking sites users are leaving their information all out there for people to see. Lisa Gesik knows this all too well when her ex-husband now in prison for kidnapping her, sent her messages and harassing photos of himself via Facebook. All across America a growing number of inmates are using social websites to intimidate their victims (Thompson 3).
There can be benefits provided by Facebook, like making new friends and getting job leads. Businesses can utilize the technology for free advertising reaching out to tens of thousands of potential customers. In fact, some people report they rarely use email or IM tools
anymore in their online social communications, relying almost entirely on Facebook for email (Thornton 9).
While Facebook appeals to people looking to connect, its competitor Twitter is growing by the millions. Twitter differs from Facebook in that Twitter is like having an open conversation with people you know and people you don’t. Like Facebook you set up a profile of...